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Archive for Wednesday, December 5, 2001

LHS hammers Harmon, 78-18

December 5, 2001

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Lawrence High could get used to playing in the Kansas City Kansas League.

One night after thumping Kansas City Washington to break a 15-game losing skid, the LHS girls basketball team now has a two-game winning streak. The Lions (2-1) on Tuesday at LHS won the opening tip and dominated until the final buzzer, rolling to a 78-18 victory over Kansas City Harmon (0-2).

"We got to run all our offenses and work on things we needed to to prepare for (Shawnee Mission) Miege on Monday," said LHS senior forward Mandy Amyx, who scored a game-high 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field and 7-for-7 shooting from the line against the overmatched Hawks.

LHS scored the first six points and was never threatened. The Lions led 19-4 after one quarter and had a whopping 36-6 advantage at halftime. LHS capitalized on 20 Harmon turnovers in the first half and often converted the miscues into easy layins.

"We knew we could pressure them a little bit," first-year LHS coach Kristin Mallory said. "We got a lot of turnovers out of our zone. Defensively, the girls are doing a pretty nice job. The shooters got some looks that they hadn't been able to get. We were a little smarter against the zone tonight than last night. We had good teamwork. We did a good job kicking it back out to the guards tonight."

Ten Lions scored against the Hawks, who opened last week with a 72-25 loss to Shawnee Mission West. Sophomore Josie Polk (12), sophomore Cherrale Ricks (10) and junior Leigh DeBiasse (10) joined Amyx in double figures.

Lawrence's reserves outscored Harmon's bench, 39-4.

"We have a lot of options," Amyx said. "We know we can put one girl in and she can do just as good as the girl who came out."

Harmon finished with 33 turnovers, including 29 steals by the Lions. LHS had just four turnovers.

DeBiasse had five steals to lead the Lions.

"We have a new coach and we're trying a lot of things," the LHS junior guard said. "This gives us a chance to run through not just one thing that works but everything in our offense."

LHS outrebounded Harmon, 50-29. Ricks (10 boards) and Jenna Wilcox (eighth) led the Lions in rebounds.

The Lions, who opened the season last week with a loss to defending Class 6A state champion Overland Park Aquinas, have outscored their past two opponents, 133-34.

DeBiasse said it hadn't been difficult to maintain intensity.

"We think about last year (when the Lions finished 3-18) and how we want to make strides this year," DeBiasse said. "We don't want anybody to overlook us and we don't overlook our opponents."

Next for LHS is Miege, No. 1 in Class 5A. The Lions will play the Stags on Monday at Miege.

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